The INK Portfolio (2017- )
In celebration of the year of the rooster, Lee added the new "INK Portfolio" to showcase a portfolio dedicated to Contemporary Ink Art.
Sky Opening 待到雨散看天青守得雲開見月明
Ink & tea on canvas
45.72 x 60.96 cm
Lee's time working at the Contemporary Ink Department at Sotheby's HK strongly influenced and further ignited Lee to pursue and extend his medium and esthetics in Chinese Contemporary Ink as a means to be closer in touch with his heritage and roots.
As the Chinese words interprets the rainbow that comes after storm, it describes one who perseveres and with persistence and patience, one will come out of the darkness and see the light. One can see the coincidence of this painting coming at a time of uncertainty in our world. With many seeking hope and yearning to get out of the storm.
One can see the clouds clearing and the lunar eclipses portraying the keeping track of time like a clock or calendar.
In this work, Lee experiments with a mix of Chinese and Western teas to create the right blend of tea. As Lee grew up in America and Hong Kong, tea became an important element in Lee's life.
Lee is a huge tea drinker and is intrigued by both western and eastern teas. Lee experiments with the tea and patiently waits till the tea sits or flows at the correct space in order to get the right shade, ink tonality and effect.